Atmospheric Science Graduate Program

Program Info

The graduate program in atmospheric science offers courses of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Atmospheric science is a broad discipline that involves the diagnosis and prediction of atmospheric processes, including climate change, atmospheric radiation, large-scale weather systems, severe storms, and air-sea interactions. The program faculty conducts research on each of these topics, with a particular focus on developing an integrated understanding of climate dynamics, including climate processes from global to regional scales and climate-chemistry-aerosol interactions. Basic and applied research problems are addressed through observation, modeling, and applications.

The program is associated with the Center for Environmental Prediction, which facilitates interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach in environmental modeling and includes faculty from the departments of environmental sciences, geography, geological sciences, and marine sciences.

The program is also associated with the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist, which collects and archives climate data, conducts research pertaining to New Jersey climate, and provides climate education and information to the citizens of New Jersey.

Any prospective student with a bachelor's degree or higher in a mathematical or scientific discipline is a candidate for the program. Previous education in atmospheric sciences is not required for acceptance. Beginning students are required to have taken calculus through differential equations (usually 4 semesters), two semesters of physics for the sciences (including laboratory), one semester of atmospheric thermodynamics, and one semester of atmospheric fluid dynamics. Ideally, these courses should be completed before the student enrolls; otherwise, they should be taken as soon as possible.

Students are also expected to be competent in computer programming in one or more high-level programming languages. A successful applicant is expected to have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, a verbal GRE score of at least 153 (500 on the pre-August 2011 scale), and a quantitative GRE score of at least 148 (600 on the pre-August 2011 scale).

For international applicants requiring an English language proficiency test, the minimum TOEFL score for acceptance is 590 (paper version) or 96 (iBT). For the iELTS exam, the minimum score for acceptance is bandwidth 7.

Experience and outstanding contributions to science are also considered in the evaluation of each applicant. The program offers fellowships, teaching assistantships, and faculty-supported research assistantships to highly qualified applicants.